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Edge begins with a massive and catastrophic shifting of the San Andreas fault. The fears of California someday tumbling into the sea--that have become the stuff of parody--become real. But even the terror resulting from this catastrophe pales in comparison to the understanding behind its happening, a cataclysm extending beyond mankind's understanding of horror as it had pr ...more
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Vertical (first published October 11th 2011)
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Teresa
Aug 22, 2013 Teresa rated it liked it
Recommended to Teresa by: my son
Probably more of a 3.5; I enjoyed it for what it is.

This is the second novel I've read this year that is set in Japan, at least partly, and deals with quantum physics (A Tale for the Time Being is the other) and yet the two couldn't be more different. The blurb calls this novel 'quantum horror;' I'd call it a thriller of science fiction with a big dose of fantasy, but that's too many words.

I can't figure out one of the more fantastical elements in the plot, but no matter (pun unintended) as I f
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aPriL does feral sometimes
I cannot understand why 'Edge' by Koji Suzuki won the Shirley Jackson Award for 2012, unless this book was the best one for 2012, which is terribly sad when I think about that. I need a moment, gentle reader.

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The English translation of this Japanese novel is very stilted. I think it is the translation which makes these sentences perform as if sung by a bad out-of-tune singer - but the novel is also a dud, as in a lit firecracker which fails to go boom.

People are disappearing all over the world.
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Sean O'Hara
Page 15: Nifty premise, but math doesn't work like that.

Page 100: Okay, now this is getting creepy.

Page 150: Ah, finally interesting stuff is happening.

Page 250: Wait, the Mayan calendar? Seriously? Plus Von Danikenism? Oi vey.

Page 300: Whut?

Page 350:

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Alan
Oct 21, 2012 Alan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: The credulous
Recommended to Alan by: A striking dust jacket and too-brief perusal
An unholy mixture of Michael Crichton and Erich von Däniken (neither of whom appear in the bibliography), Edge is proof positive that not only good books get translated. Its wooden characters regularly spout huge blobs of pseudoscientific bafflegab at each other, but frankly even their pillow talk is stilted. It's not the fault of the translation team, either, or at least I don't think it is. Apart from a few gaffes (such as the use of "throwback" instead of "setback"—admittedly a subtle distinc ...more
J.C.
May 31, 2011 J.C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The description of this book on the goodreads.com website states that the book is called EDGE CITY and that the book revolves around a tragedy that has struck California and has much larger implications for the entire earth and universe as we understand it. This is wrong. The book is called Edge and the California tragedy does not come until much later in the book.

So the description of the book (which I have seen elsewhere) is a bit of a spoiler. So that was disappointing.

The book was not disap
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David B
Nov 22, 2015 David B rated it did not like it
Seemingly impossible incongruencies begin to arise in basic mathematics, heralding the end of the universe.

Koji Suzuki’s dense, dull stab at an existential suspense novel is quite a slog to get through at times. It is intermittently effective in its brief apocalyptic sequences, but the narrative is consistently derailed by long, didactic, half-baked lectures on physics, history, and mathematics. Suzuki’s characters love to lecture each other and the author loves to lecture us, and it all reads l
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Michael
Oct 01, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Great story. Scientists find out that solving for pi yields new numbers. Stars are disappearing from the sky. People are disappearing all over the world. This book mixes a little hard science and mathematics with some fantasy to answer the question as to what happens when mathematical truths turn out to be not so true.

As personal side note, I am always warning my wife that if anyone figures out how to divide a number by zero, reality will cease to exist and chaos will reign. She laughs at my par
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Todd Bollman
Mar 19, 2014 Todd Bollman rated it did not like it
It starts with a good premise, the fundamental mechanics underpinning the universe have shifted imperceptibly and reality is falling apart. People vanish without a trace, stars fizzle and disappear, space folds in upon itself. This premise is then ignored for roughly 80% of the book's length in favor of a plot that gets progressively sillier and sillier until the characters are having serious conversations about magic nipples. This book is insultingly bad.
Charles Dee Mitchell
Mar 09, 2014 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it did not like it
Koji Suzuki is best known as the author of the Ring series. Like most people, at least in the U.S., I have seen the movies but never read the books. I was looking forward to this new novel, especially since it won the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award. Jackson Award winners have been consistently high quality, literary horror tales.

I made it halfway through Edge. The low quality of the writing came as a disappointing surprise. Cliches and generalities litter the pages. Suzuki’s prose, based on this one
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David
Jun 08, 2011 David rated it it was ok
From the author of THE RING. I have not read Suzuki before this. It's a page-turner billed as a Quantum Horror novel. It's much like early 20th century cosmic horror pulp with a large dose of 21st century Hard SF tacked on. I suspect some of the material passed over my head due to cultural ignorance of Japan. It's a pretty good story, 3 or 4 stars up until the last 40 pages. Where it turns to stupid faster than a bullet train. This is hand slapping forehead and tossing the book across the room, ...more
Hikachi
Mar 12, 2017 Hikachi rated it it was ok
It's Crichton meets Murakami. No, I didn't like it. Or was in awe by it. I wanted my normal chill thrill stories from Suzuki. Not this. :/
Adam Smith
Mar 26, 2015 Adam Smith rated it liked it
The world we live in is based entirely on one infallible principle: that the math we use to describe it cannot fail. But what happens when a contradiction arises that threatens to destroy the countless systems on which it is based? Somewhere beyond the five millionth digit, π is changing. The eternal stream of numbers are turning up zeros. What does it mean? When people start disappearing and strange rumblings start occurring, all signs point to something bad on the horizon.

I was with this book
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Ryan
Dec 25, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, well most of it.

The story begins well and throughout kept me interested. The middle act did admittedly lull a little as the novel moved more into the realms of conversation over tension or action.

My biggest gripe with the novel, however, was the almost total lack of leading to some of the revelations towards the end of the novel. I am a big fan of Koji Suzuki and as stated found most of the story interesting but the ending, although exciting, was totally out of n
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Nathan
Aug 06, 2012 Nathan rated it did not like it
Saw this at the bookstore and picked it up on impulse, guess I have no one to blame for recommending it. The story starts off well enough in the intro to grab the reader into the geeky premise of physical constants changing and the implications. However, the book fizzles from there from clunky translation, poor style (flipping between dialog and lecture-like lessons to make sense of the science), and plot holes the size of Kansas. I got the impression from the storyline that the world was waitin ...more
Nina
Dec 26, 2012 Nina rated it liked it
This is a fantastic piece of science fiction and the base story is gripping. It would make a fantastic movie with a great lead female character. Unfortunately for me, whilst clearly from the bibliography it has been meticulously researched, the depth of the science, physics and astronomy weighed it down and I feel that for fiction this level of explanation takes away from the flow of the story itself. Not every piece of scientific background is needed to write good fiction and the author or edit ...more
Pangs
Jul 18, 2012 Pangs rated it liked it
Entertaining read. Good pace, lots of interesting concepts. Sure, there is some loose play with the science and math. I didn't care. Sometimes you have to let that shit go.

Didn't really appreciate the ending, but by that point I didn't care.

The book is a translation of the original work and it feels like it, but not in a negative way. It gave it an interesting feel. Sort of like reading a really savvy Japanese scifi movie with literary English subtitles.
World Literature Today
"Still, Edge is worth reading for its insights into twenty-first-century Japanese attitudes toward apocalypse." - Michael A. Morrison, University of Oklahoma

This book was reviewed in the March 2013 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: http://bit.ly/ZyYUtt
Shandy Lawson
Jan 23, 2013 Shandy Lawson rated it liked it
A good plot tanked by a poor translation. It's pretty clear that English is not the native language of the translator, and the awkward prose can be distracting from the story. The science that drove the book had me hooked though, so I powered through it to an ending that I thought was a worthwhile payoff. It's not for everyone, but I needed something different, and I certainly got it.
Chrissieskleinewelt
Mar 08, 2014 Chrissieskleinewelt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abgebrochen
Abgebrochen!
Kristin
Sep 03, 2014 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
dafuq was this shit.
Praveen Mathew
Jan 23, 2017 Praveen Mathew rated it did not like it
It had a promising and interesting premise, but the author just blew it. The book gave neither joy, nor any form of treat for all the tension and build up it tried to create. Wouldn't recommend it, even for passive reading.
Geri
Jun 19, 2017 Geri rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The story didn't go into the direction I thought it would, but it was still an interesting and entertaining piece of fiction.
Sabrina
I was really expecting more out of my first Koji Suzuki. I am familiar with the film adaptations of his books, but I had never read one. I expected Edge to be thematically similar to Ringu or Dark Water, but I was mislead. This is not helped by the fact that Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most other places on the internet share the same plot synopsis, and one that is extremely misleading. Edge is much more of a mystery with elements of science fiction. However, I found the mystery rath ...more
Adam Nevill
Dec 22, 2013 Adam Nevill rated it really liked it
EDGE is pretty good and well worth checking out. An effective blend of folklore, advanced physics (that even I could grasp and I failed O Level maths twice), pure mathematics, cosmic horror, missing people, and lots of bizarre occurrences and ancient mysteries. It also has a curious aborted sex scene, and a couple of paranormal episodes so weird I reread them several times. It's translated from Japanese and the scientific detail is really well wrought, though some of the syntax and description e ...more
Cia
Dec 09, 2016 Cia rated it liked it
(2.9): when a fiction book ends on 4 pages of bibliography, you can surmise that it's tonally going to read like a literature review. nonetheless, i've stopped trying to read koji suzuki's book for a full immersion in fictional worlds (oftentimes, his characters are repetitive, more archetype than person) but in his drawing together of fascinating historical and scientific concepts. in many ways, his book then reads more like horror for your rational scientist than anything else—when pi starts t ...more
Elana
May 09, 2016 Elana rated it it was amazing
Koji Suzuki is the author of "Ring" whose movie version scared a whole generation of TV viewers into not leaving their set on at night, lest an evil, long-haired Japanese girl crawls out of it. But in fact the novel - as opposed to the movie versions - is SF, not horror. And so is "Edge", even though simply calling it SF hardy does it justice. It has everything: quantum physics, the Faustian bargain, Buddhism and Christianity, Machu Picchu, end of the world, breast cancer, wormholes...and did I ...more
John Hunter
Sep 01, 2014 John Hunter rated it liked it
I'm glad I stuck with this as the final moments pulled what felt very meandering and unsure together. A great premise and far more science fiction than I was expecting, but over-filled with exposition by characters who are usually scientists trying to explain stuff to dumber characters so I always felt caught in the middle of the 'science bit'. In the effort to add some every-man qualities to the science, the author tied himself in knots trying to get all the information we needed across.

Some i
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DeanJean
Jan 03, 2016 DeanJean rated it really liked it
The blend of quantum physics and biology was compelling enough for me to finish it in two sittings, although the part where Saeko confronts "Seiji Fujimura" towards the end of the book wasn't handled very well (Er, how did she discern an entire conversation between her dad and Kato Fujimura by being in the living room without being THERE at the scene, unless she also possessed psychic qualities like the deceased character Shigeko??) Now, if only theoretical physics was not so swamped with tediou ...more
Ken
Jan 02, 2013 Ken rated it liked it
The novel's style reminded me of Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, or Stephen King, but Suzuki's story-line is propelled by such scientific topics as Parallel Universes, Physics, Astronomy, Black Hole Theory, and Theoretical Mathematics. However, you don't need to have an interest in arcane scientific theories to enjoy the book because the tale is so compelling and always keeps your interest.

It was an enjoyable 'fun read' and only required a few hours over a holiday weekend.
Ariel
Jul 22, 2016 Ariel rated it liked it
I started reading this book because it came up in a search about earthquakes. This is definitely not about earthquakes.
But it was very interesting. I almost felt that I was too dumb to truly understand this book, because it deals with math and physics and all that stuff I failed at in school.
But the premise was very interesting. I didn't care so much about the characters, but the plot was interesting and weird enough to keep me going through the whole thing.
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Suzuki Kōji (鈴木光司) is a Japanese writer, who was born in Hamamatsu and currently lives in Tokyo. Suzuki is the author of the Ring novels, which has been adapted into a manga series. He has written several books on the subject of fatherhood. He is currently on the selection committee for the Japan Fantasy Novel Award.

His recent novel Edge puts the main theme on Feynman point.
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